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About Acadia Photo Safari
Acadia Photo Safaris are hands-on nature photography tours conducted in Acadia National Park and led by Howie Motenko, a local, professional photographer. Every photo safari explores camera setting choices, creating compelling and engaging compositions and developing a photographic awareness enabling you to capture Acadia's natural beauty. All photographers and all skill levels (beginner and beyond) are taught in a small, intimate group (limited to 6 participants) during our 3-hour photography tour. Safaris are offered in the mornings, afternoons or evenings to suit your schedule.
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Reviewed October 21, 2018

We had such a great time on our trip with Josh. You can tell how much he loves MDI and Bar Harbor and was knowledgable and friendly and really made sure that we saw everything we wanted to see.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MzMayhem
Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

We had a great morning with Josh. He did a great job of tailoring the information and tour to our skill levels and interests. He brought a great depth of knowledge but was able to deliver it to us at our current levels. Each of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

I went on this tour while in Bar Harbor and had a blast!! We met at Sand Beach then went to a few more spots in Acadia. I learned so much about my camera and photography. It was one of the best tours/experiences on my...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

I know enough to be dangerous with a camera so I worried about the value I would gain from this safari. Howie was excellent. I quickly learned I have a lot to learn. Howie shard information and even provided handouts so I did not need...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Michael W
Reviewed October 5, 2018

My wife Jan and I booked the Sunset Cruise with Captain Brenda and Howie and were treated to a magnificent Acadia sunset while touring Islesford dock, Bear Island Light, Seal Harbor and some special points in between. They are welcoming friendly people who really want...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank Steve S
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Despite the foggy weather, Josh did a great job showing me how to make the most of my new camera, and to capture great images on a gray day. Being a local, Josh really knows Acadia Park, and my three-hour private safari was both enjoyable...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank jguerr
Reviewed September 28, 2018

When your "instructor" rolls up in a big Harley cruiser, you know you're in for an interesting time. Howie (said instructor) and his Captain Brenda are friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about their work, the park, and the island. Their approach is casual and starts with...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 27, 2018

This was a lot of fun. I only had my iPhone camera, but the hubby brought his big fancy camera. It was a small group, and we really enjoyed the photography tips and lessons as well as information about the area from a local talented...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Milissa F
Reviewed September 11, 2018 via mobile

Great experience, although the weather didn't allow for night sky shooting. Howie is not only a patient and experienced photographer, his upbeat attitude and personality made the workshop fun. He went on with the full class schedule and there was plenty to learn. (I am...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mikeo730
Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

Thank you Howie and Brenda for an incredible evening - educational, beautiful, and an experience of a lifetime!A must-do for anyone who wants to understand how to improve their photography skills regardless of current knowledge.

Date of experience: September 2018
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December 10, 2018|
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Response from Howie_Motenko | Property representative |
Hi Kristy, Thanks for considering booking an Acadia Photo Safari. We are currently planning our 2019 schedule and expect to post a 2019 schedule mid-January. Feel free to email me (from our website) and I will send you an... More
Jim M
August 18, 2018|
Response from Howie_Motenko | Property representative |
Hi Jim, In October we offer private safaris. Unfortunately, we are completely booked during you visit, Oct.12-14. Gratefully, Howie
David B
June 20, 2018|
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Response from Howie_Motenko | Property representative |
Hi David, We accommodate DSLR cameras and iPhones. We cover camera settings for about 1/3 of the time, and composition about 2/3 of the time. We limit our group size to 6 people so it might be difficult to book your whole... More